Holiday boosts passenger trips on Pearl River Cruise
“五一”假期珠江夜游迎来客流小高潮
SOURCE: Guangzhou Daily |UPDATED: 2020-05-07Visit Statistics:

Officials of the Guangzhou Port Authority attend a press conference on a cruise boat on May 3. [Photo/Guangzhou Port Group]

The number of tourists taking the Pearl River Night Cruise boomed during the five-day May Day holiday, the first peak since cruise services resumed in March, officials of the Guangzhou Port Authority said at a press conference on May 3.

Taking a night cruise along the Pearl River is a classic and popular tourist activity in Guangzhou. Passengers onboard can enjoy better views of the city illuminated by colorful lights.

Check the video to get a glimpse of the light show along the Pearl River, celebrating China's Youth Day, which falls on May 4. [Video/Guangzhou Daily]

“Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we had suspended all cruise operations on the Pearl River for 54 days, starting from the Spring Festival,” Chen Jiannian, deputy general manager of the Guangzhou Port Group said.

As the epidemic has leveled off across the country, the port authority and cruise companies have worked together to resume the Pearl River Night Cruise. After having conducted a thorough investigation of all ticket offices, security checkpoints, and waiting and embarkation areas, officials upgraded emergency response measures and restarted the Pearl River Night Cruise on March 19.

“However, passenger traffic barely surpassed 1,000 on a single night,” Yuan Yue, deputy director general of the port authority said. “We recorded 20,435 cruise passengers on 390 trips as of the last day of April.”

Yuan noted that on the night of April 30, 16 cruise tours were completed by nine ships, carrying 1,023 passengers.

“The holiday drives strong growth in passenger flow, which jumped to 4,656 on May 1, about 20% of that of the same period last year, with 48 trips offered by 26 cruise ships,” Yuan said. “The passenger volume continued to rise on May 2, closing at 4,674, with 52 sailings.”

When the night falls, the Pearl River and the building complexes on the banks are lightened up. [Photo/Wang Yan, Luo Changwei, Guangzhou Daily]

To ensure the health and safety of all, cruise lines have limited the number of tourists on board, down to 40% of the total passenger capacity, and adopted social-distance seating, Yuan reported.

Each cruise ship will undertake no more than three trips a night. The ships are cleaned and disinfected regularly and properly ventilated to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Cruise operators also have introduced contactless ticket services, and tourists are required to have their temperature checked before boarding.

“Resumption of the Pearl River Cruise contributes to the recovery of the city’s tourism sector,” Chen said. “It is also worth noting that nowadays, more and more local young people like to take the cruise tour.”

The port authority said it is pushing forward the application of clean energy ships to ensure sustainability of the Pearl River Cruise. Three all-electric newbuilds are expected to go into service this year.

Editor: Pauline Tai 

5月3日晚,广州市第98场疫情防控复工复产新闻采访交流活动在珠江游船“水晶号”上举行。

广州市港务局副局长袁越介绍道,自3月19日复航以来,截至 4月30日,珠江游共开390航次,累计游客接待量为20435人次,其中仅有2个晚上游客接待人数过千。进入五一黄金周,珠江游掀起了复航以来的小高潮。

据统计,4月30日珠江游共开16个航次、投入运力9艘,完成游客接待量1023人次;5月1日,各珠江游公司共投入运力26艘,当日完成珠江游48航次,完成游客接待量4656人次,是复航以来第三个晚上游客量过千,约为去年同期接待量的2成;5月2日,珠江游共开52个航次、投入运力26艘,完成游客接待量4674人次;预计假期后续几日也将保持较好的势头。

袁越表示,新冠肺炎疫情发生以来,珠江游于大年初一全线停航。珠江夜游历来是广州城市旅游的重要风向标。为了迎接珠江游复航,广州市港务局认真督导各珠江游企业制定疫情防控应急预案和复航工作方案,实地检查珠江游售票、候船、安检、登船等环节的秩序,以及船舶座位布置、消毒通风等疫情防控措施的落实情况。3月19日广州珠江游实现顺利复航。

游客量的增加也对防疫提出更高的要求,各珠江游企业严格落实同一艘游船单晚航班不超过3航次、单船实际载客量不超过该船舶核定载客量的40%,同时提供无接触售票服务,落实现场核实“穗康码”登记、网络平台预约、体温检测、佩戴口罩、实名认证等防控措施。

广州港集团副总经理陈建年说道,目前客流量逐步恢复态势明显。珠江游的复航,也意味着广州市旅游市场在逐渐按下恢复键。他还留意到,复航以来,珠江游接待旅客当中,广州本地年轻游客比重增加,“广州人游广州”也体现了广州人对广州的热爱。

此外,为推动珠江游行业健康发展,市港务局正大力推进清洁能源船舶动力技术应用,今年有望实现3艘纯电动船完成建造下水。